Challenging times and the pressures of everyday life can sneak up on anybody, and it may not be obvious that they are struggling. This can especially be seen in the past year where times have been tumultuous, so it’s vital that we have more open conversations about mental wellbeing. We need to become more aware of the people around us, whether that be our friend, work colleague, neighbour or family member; asking them if they are okay can mean so much. Conversation and connection are key, and breakthroughs can happen just by asking these three words.
R U OK? Four Conversation Steps:
1. Ask R U OK?
Be friendly and relaxed in your approach, asking questions to help them
open up such as, "How are you going?" or "What’s been
2. Listen with an open mind
interrupt or rush the conversation and try to encourage them to explain their
3. Encourage Action
Ask questions such as, “What have you done in the past to manage similar situations?” or “How would you like me to support you?" There may be times when conversations are too big to take on alone and expert help may be needed.
4. Check in
up on them after a short while and make sure you stay in touch. You could
say: "I've been thinking of you and wanted to know how you've been going
since we last chatted."
Your local Blooms The Chemist Pharmacist is often the most accessible health professional for people who need health advice for body and mind. Our Pharmacists are undertaking training in mental health first aid, becoming a resource in the community for customers to chat to.
For more information, please visit ruokay.org.au or if further help is needed please visit lifeline.org.au or call 13 11 14.If it’s an emergency, dial 000.